#14 'Zona Shows Determination with 10-9 Victory over Cal
On one of the warmer nights you will see a Pac-10 game being played, the Arizona Wildcats (#14 AP/Coaches) showedtheir true colors, yet again, with a late TD drive to win the game. After last week's win over Iowa, many, including myself, were hoping there would be no loss of mojo. Well the game was pretty sluggish, with the Cal defense imposing their will and giving QB Nick Foles fits all game. What didnt help was the 12 penalties that the Cats surrendered, on top of allowing 3 sacks. But the Arizona defense showed grit and determination, and forced Cal into only scoring 3 FG's, and their kicker Giorgio Tavecchio missed 2 crucial FG attempts. The last one which was shanked wide right with just over 2 minutes remaining in the game with Cal leading 10-3. Thats when the Cats finally came to life. Foles led the Wildcats on a 77-yard drive, with star WR Juron Criner with two amazing catches to give Arizona the 10-9 victory, and first 4-0 start since 1998. And then the defense held strong on Cal's last ditch effort to try and win the game, with S Joseph Perkins sealing the game with an INT (and he subsequently fumbled trying to be a hero, but CB Robert Golden, saved the day). The crowd, silent for 57 minutes, errupted and Arizona Stadium was rocking, from 6th street to Campbell, to the center of campus, this is a game that the Cats showed that they truly have 'turned the corner'.
As someone who attended the game this weekend, this really gave me confidence in our team, that they can win the ugly games. The bye week, is much deserved, and should be cherished, before Oregon State comes to town. While some may have called the last drive "lucky", it is part of football. The teams that overcome the odds, and perservere for 60 minutes, are the teams that continue to grow as the season progresses, and work towards the game with the little red flower. BEARDOWN Cats!